I’ve decided to start a series of posts called ‘Quick Eats’, for simple and easy meals that can be made in less than 30 minutes. The main reason that I started this blog was to show people how easy it can be to eat food that’s both delicious and low carb. Lately though, I’ve been putting a lot of effort into experimenting and trying different things that are a little more time consuming, and not exactly everyday foods. So I’m going back to the bare basics of tasty low carb eating that will get you through the week.
I’m kicking off Quick Eats
with taco bowls, probably one of the easiest, tastiest dinners (and leftover lunches) that will fill you up with very little effort. I’ve been eating these since I started eating low carb, and I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of them. You can use either lettuce or shredded cabbage/coleslaw mix. I personally prefer cabbage as it’s more filling, and I love how it goes soft from the warmth of the taco meat.
This recipe uses ground beef, but you can change it up with chicken, either by frying up some chicken thighs, or throwing in shredded rotisserie chicken for an even faster meal. You can also add some variations to the toppings. I’ve just included a basic guacamole and sour cream, but you could add some tomato salsa, capsicum, and/or jalepenos. Delicious.
500g ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
200g canned crushed tomatoes
Mexican spice mix (see note)
A squeeze of lime juice
Shredded lettuce or cabbage (I use pre-shredded coleslaw mix)
1. Heat some oil in a large saucepan and sautee the onions and garlic until soft. Add the mince and cook until brown
2. Add the mexican spice mix to the meat, along with the canned tomatoes. Mix everything together and let simmer on a medium heat for 15-20 minutes
3. Meanwhile, make your guacamole by smashing the avocado with a fork and adding lime juice, chilli flakes, salt and pepper.
4. When the meat mixture has thickened and cooked through assemble your taco bowls, starting with a layer of cabbage or lettuce, followed by meat, cheese, guacamole and sour cream.
Note: Use either store bought or home made spice mix. Some store bought mixes are higher in carbs than others. If you can’t find one that’s low enough, just combine some chilli powder, cumin, oregano, ground coriander, cinnamon and a dash of ground cloves.